The peaceful fjord and town of Patreksfjordur are named by its first settler, Orlygur Hrappsson, whose spiritual guide was St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. By amusing coincidence, it is in this particular fjord that potatoes were first cultivated in the 18th century. They still remain a staple in kitchens throughout the country today.
Trade began in Patreksfjordur in 1570, making it one of the oldest trading posts in the Westfjords. This relatively large fishing village for the area is where Iceland’s trawling industry kicked off from in the early 20th century. Today the main industry remains commercial fishing and fish processing.
Things to do in Patreksfjordur
A favorite local tourist attraction is a pirate exhibition depicting the stories of pirates that raided the Icelandic shoreline in the 15th and 16th century. The natural beauty of the area offers many exciting hiking options and is the last place to stock up on supplies before heading to the nearby Latrabjarg bird cliffs or the wonderful beach at Breidavik.
Check out our complete guide to the Westfjords.